Hyperlexia in Autistic Kids

Hyperlexia & autism are commonly co-occurring, but not mutually inclusive Hyperlexia Hyperlexia is advanced and unexpected reading skills and abilities in children way beyond their chronological age. Hyperlexia is most common in, but not exclusive to, Autistic children. Approximately 84% of hyperlexic kids are also autistic. A child can be one and not the other,Continue reading “Hyperlexia in Autistic Kids”

Autism Acceptance Month

Awareness campaigns are harmful; acceptance is the key As many of you know by now, April is autism “awareness” month. Autistics have been taking back our own activism and education campaigns, and one way we’re doing so is by renaming April to Autism Acceptance Month instead. Previous “awareness” campaigns have treated autism as though it wereContinue reading “Autism Acceptance Month”

 Why We Are Not Puzzle Pieces

Apparently further explanation is required My recent article, Autistic Appreciation, was shared on a popular advocacy page, one that I really like. It’s run by neurodiverse and disabled people for neurodiverse and disabled people. The article was shared using one of the images which was embedded further down. It was surrounded by extensive context and well-researched explanations for why IContinue reading ” Why We Are Not Puzzle Pieces”

Executive Functions for Kids And Parents

As parents of neurodiverse children, it’s our responsibility to understand what reasonable expectations might be for our children. Children with asynchronous development may need a little extra patience and guidance. When we have a deeper understanding of the challenges they face on a moment-to-moment basis, this helps us show our kids more compassion and empathy,Continue reading “Executive Functions for Kids And Parents”

Stimminy Cricket! 

Stimming, or “self-stimulatory” behaviours are human behaviours Stimming is self-stimulatory behaviour and is often a way that Autistics regulate our emotions. It can be calming, it can be enjoyable, and sometimes it can signal to others that something is wrong. Stimming can be extremely important for many Autistics and should not be prevented unless it isContinue reading “Stimminy Cricket! “

 ADHD And Autistic Assets

The strengths and gifts of divergent minds Some (of the many) strengths of ADHD and Autistic people are resilience, energy, humanity, sensory sensitivities, hyperfocus, creativity, transcendence, and attention to detail. I describe them in my article in detail with some real-life examples. Read my article in Invisible Illness. When you join medium, as a memberContinue reading ” ADHD And Autistic Assets”

Since O.D.D. Doesn’t Exist…

Oppositional Defiant Disorder doesn’t exist, but children needing connection do To fellow parents who have struggled, I see you. My son is an intense kiddo. He’s twice exceptional: gifted and neurodivergent (confirmed ADHD and anxiety, possibly also Autistic). We’ve certainly had our share of power struggles and challenging behaviours. When I say O.D.D. does not exist, I am not saying it’sContinue reading “Since O.D.D. Doesn’t Exist…”

Why Scripting is Important for Autistics

And how people of all neurotypes use scripting Many children of all neurotypes use imaginary play, role-playing, and other forms of scripting to work through real-life feelings and experiences. Everyone uses turns of phrase, mannerisms, and expressions they’ve learned from popular media or from interacting with other people. These are important ways for people to process theirContinue reading “Why Scripting is Important for Autistics”

Why I Use Identity-First Language

I’m Autistic, Not “On The Spectrum” Why I prefer identity-first language First off, I am newly-diagnosed, so I am still learning about myself and about the wider neurodivergent community. Secondly, I speak only for myself. Autistic people are not a homogenous group, there exist a variety of perspectives, opinions, and experiences amongst individuals. I doContinue reading “Why I Use Identity-First Language”

Everyone Needs Accommodations To Thrive

Some accommodations are normalized while others are pathologized Every day, ordinary accommodations are so routine for neurotypical and non-disabled people, they’re no longer seen as supports — they’re just “common courtesy” — based on the simple fact that there are more of them than there are of us. Imagine if neurodivergent and disabled people wereContinue reading “Everyone Needs Accommodations To Thrive”